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AARP Helps People Claim Earned Income Tax Credits

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YAKIMA--Volunteers in Yakima help low-income families claim their earned income tax credits.

According to the IRS, 20 to 25 percent of taxpayers eligible for the credit do not apply for it.

Representatives say last year about $65 million went unclaimed in Washington state.

Now the AARP and the Yakima County Asset Building Coalition are teaming up to target low income families, people with trouble speaking English, and the disabled to inform them of the benefits they qualify for.

"You do not have to pay to get your taxes done, you don't have to do your taxes by yourself, you can have quality help," Lindsay Jacobsen, Yakima County Asset Building Coalition, said.

The AARP tax aide program is offering free help all through tax season.  To find out where you can get help, call 211.

To get this tax credit you must make less than $38,000.  The maximum is up from $37,000 last year, meaning more people will qualify this year.